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Nether Wasdale and Wastwater

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Nether Wasdale and Wastwater
Author: Andrew's Walks, Published: 20 Dec 2018 Walk Rating:star1 Nether Wasdale and Wastwater, Cumbria Walking Guidestar1 Nether Wasdale and Wastwater, Cumbria Walking Guidestar1 Nether Wasdale and Wastwater, Cumbria Walking Guidestar1 Nether Wasdale and Wastwater, Cumbria Walking Guidestar1 Nether Wasdale and Wastwater, Cumbria Walking Guide
Cumbria, Lake District
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Nether Wasdale and Wastwater
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Nether Wasdale and Wastwater, Cumbria Walking Guide boot Nether Wasdale and Wastwater, Cumbria Walking Guide
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A 4.5 mile circular walk from the village of Nether Wasdale in the Lake District, Cumbria. The walk takes you over the River Irt via Cinderdale Bridge and then follows a stone track between pastures to reach the foot of Wastwater. After crossing the river via Lund Bridge, the route follows the footpath through Low Wood (with bluebells in the spring) and along the shores of Wastwater where you can enjoy the classic view to Wasdale Head. Turning away from the lake, the return leg takes you via Ashness How and Scale Bridge.

This is a low-level walk within the Lake District, with a height gain of only around 50 metres and with no steep climbs to negotiate. The paths are a mixture of stone vehicle tracks, stone lakeside paths, woodland paths and grassland paths, with some sections that can be muddy. You will be sharing several of the pastures with sheep. You will need to negotiate a few stiles (including a ladder stile) and gates (including a bypass gate alongside a cattle grid). Allow 2 hours.

Nether Wasdale is a small village about a mile to the west of Wastwater. The walk starts and finishes in the small National Trust car park which is located at the triangle of roads just south-east of the village, immediately to the north of Cinderdale Bridge on the River Irt. The nearest post code (which covers properties at this end of the village) is CA20 1ET.

Walk Sections

Start to Easthwaite Farm
Start to Easthwaite Farm

Start point: 54.4221 lat, -3.3455 long
End point: 54.419 lat, -3.3324 long

Leave the car park and turn right along the road to cross the River Irt via Cinderdale Bridge. Immediately after the bridge, turn left to join the delightful stone track which heads towards the foot of Wastwater. You will have a fine view of the dramatic crags of Whin Rigg ahead. The track leads you between fenced sheep pastures. Stay with the track which leads you to Easthwaite Farm.

Easthwaite Farm to Wastwater Foot
Easthwaite Farm to Wastwater Foot

Start point: 54.419 lat, -3.3324 long
End point: 54.422 lat, -3.3209 long

Follow the main track as it leads you through the farmyard of Easthwaite Farm. At the far side, continue on the main track as it bears left (ignoring a path option forking right). Stay with the main track for a further 800 metres, as it leads you between trees to finally reach the gate at the foot of Wastwater.

Wastwater Foot to Low Wood
Wastwater Foot to Low Wood

Start point: 54.422 lat, -3.3209 long
End point: 54.4235 lat, -3.3241 long

The main track continues ahead beyond the gate (and would lead you along the southern edge of the lake) – do NOT follow this, instead turn sharp left to follow the banks of the River Irt with the river running on your right. This riverside path leads you to the beautiful stone arched Lund Bridge. Turn right to cross this bridge over the river and enter Low Wood.

Low Wood to Lakeside Path
Low Wood to Lakeside Path

Start point: 54.4235 lat, -3.3241 long
End point: 54.4257 lat, -3.3174 long

Turn right to follow the footpath through Low Wood. Low Wood is famous for its beautiful display of bluebells in the late spring. The River Irt is now running across to your right. You will emerge from the woodland path to join the lakeside path alongside Wastwater.

Lakeside Path to Wasdale Hall
Lakeside Path to Wasdale Hall

Start point: 54.4257 lat, -3.3174 long
End point: 54.4282 lat, -3.3188 long

Follow the lakeside path with Wastwater on your right. The path leads you past the boathouse at the foot of the lake. Owned by the National Trust, Wastwater measures about 3 miles long and half a mile wide. It is the deepest lake in England with a maximum depth of around 80 metres.

You will reach the wonderful viewpoint at which the view across the lake to iconic Wasdale Head is revealed. The head of the Wasdale Valley is surrounded by some of the highest mountains in England, including Scafell Pike, Lingmell and Great Gable, and these three mountains make a dramatic focus for views to the head of the lake. Continue on the path as it leads you past Wasdale Hall on your left.

Wasdale Hall to Cattle Grid
Wasdale Hall to Cattle Grid

Start point: 54.4282 lat, -3.3188 long
End point: 54.4317 lat, -3.3164 long

Continue ahead on the lakeside paths, still taking time to enjoy the views. About 500 metres after passing Wasdale Hall, you will emerge to a junction with the tarmac valley road. At this point we leave the lakeside path, so turn sharp left to follow the road away from the lake. As you reach a cattle grid, cross this (or use the bypass gate alongside).

Cattle Grid to Ashness How
Cattle Grid to Ashness How

Start point: 54.4317 lat, -3.3164 long
End point: 54.4312 lat, -3.3235 long

Beyond the cattle gird, continue on the lane for about 250 metres to reach a woodland track on your right, signed as a footpath. Turn right along this track, following it through the trees and then along a (rutted and muddy) grass track between stone walls. The imposing slopes of Buckbarrow are visible to your right. You will reach a metal gate ahead, with a ladder stile alongside. Cross the stile to enter the area known as Ashness How.

Ashness How to Scale Bridge
Ashness How to Scale Bridge

Start point: 54.4312 lat, -3.3235 long
End point: 54.4288 lat, -3.3352 long

Follow the footpath leading you diagonally left across the open moorland area of Ashness How, soon bearing left to merge with a bridleway. Follow the bridleway track as it leads you out of the moorland area. Ignore a footpath track on the left and then turn right onto a side branch of bridleway track (a grass track between fences), heading north towards Scale Bridge.

Scale Bridge to Mill Place
Scale Bridge to Mill Place

Start point: 54.4288 lat, -3.3352 long
End point: 54.4257 lat, -3.342 long

Beyond Scale Bridge, keep ahead to a T-junction and turn left. This bridleway will lead you to a small wooden bridle gate at a junction of paths (pictured). Go ahead through the gates to cross the narrow pasture and then bear left to continue through a larger pasture with a stone wall on your left. This path leads you to the buildings of Mill Place.

Mill Place to End
Mill Place to End

Start point: 54.4257 lat, -3.342 long
End point: 54.4222 lat, -3.3456 long

Pass through Mill Place and join the track at the far side. Follow this track which will lead you out to the road near Nether Wasdale. Turn right and immediately left and this road will lead you back to the car park at Cinderdale Bridge where the walk began.

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